I built a small computer for storing all my music, photos and videos and I want to hook it up to my 65" panny plasma. I have tried for countless hours to run dnla with Serviio, mezzmo, tversity, windows media player, ect ect ect and every single one is giving me issues with stuttering, audio and everything else so I want to hook it up direct via hdmi. The thing is, I want to leave the computer next to my main computer so I can use a kvm switch and do maintenance and everything in the office. So here is what I am thinking...
I need to run a 20' flat hi speed hdmi under the carpet to my Denon 2112 receiver and then to the tv. I would really like to have the computer remote controlled from the front room. I need to buy a 210 graphics card with the hdmi out as well. I installed XBMC and I LOVE the interface so I will try to stick with that.
My concerns are:
1. Some places are saying that 20 feet is too long for a hi hdmi run and it may not carry 7.1 sound. (I see that they sell 25' 4K/3d/7.1 surround certified flat hdmi so I would think I would be ok)
2. I see all kinds of windows media remotes but they all look to be ir (line of sight) and my office is NOT in the line of sight with my tv viewing area.Could I run a really long usb extender with the flat hdmi to hook up the remote receiver next to the tv? Would a cool harmony/other brand programmable remote control the computer as well as my other stuff?
3. Would leaving the xbmc program on all the time while I am doing other stuff hurt anything? My wife has a big issue with me using "Another computer" in our house, I need her to think that this is a nas device or something, I don't want the tv to fire up and see a windows desktop. LOL
4. Am I missing any thing hardware wise? Any suggestions on a remote that can do what I need or am I looking at this whole thing wrong?
Here is my stuff.
Media/htpc Computer: Dual core 6850 3.0 intel, 2 gigs ram, 2 tb hard drive, windows home premium 64 bit
TV: Panasonic tc-65st30
Receiver: Denon AVR 2112ci
Thanks in advance for any help